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NRL 'no pot of gold', says Gallop

By Darren Walton 13/08/2003 09:14:36 PM Comments (0)

National Rugby League boss David Gallop has insisted there is no hidden "pot of gold" as leading players upped the ante in their push to gain a greater share of the spoils.

High-profile figures from the Rugby League Players' Association met in Sydney to thrash out a proposal for a collective bargaining agreement designed to ensure the financial security of the modern-day professional.

The much sought-after CBA would offer NRL players important benefits including a minimum wage, insurance, education and welfare and protection for when clubs go broke.

Such advantages are already afforded to Australia's elite cricketers and AFL and rugby union players.

Sydney Roosters skipper and former NSW and Australian captain Brad Fittler is leading the player push for a balance of power.

"When we compare our situation with the situation with the cricketers, AFL players, rugby union players, we are so far behind it ain't funny," Fittler said.

"The players have very little to gain from playing rugby league, really.

"It's a bit frustrating. There's some definite issues the NRL needs to look at. At the moment, it seems to be in their favour a lot. Players have very little."

Fittler said the players "don't get looked after well enough".

"We want a collective bargaining agreement," he said.

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